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The Salt Eaters von Toni Cade Bambara
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The Salt Eaters (Original 1980; 1992. Auflage)

von Toni Cade Bambara (Autor)

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Set in a town somewhere in the South, here is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt who witness an event that will change their lives forever. Some of them are centered, some are off-balance; some are frightened, and some are daring. From the men who live off welfare women to the mud mothers who carry their children in their hides, the novel brilliantly explores the narcissistic aspect of despair and the tremendous responsibility that comes with physical, spiritual, and mental well-being.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Salt Eaters
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Info:Vintage (1992), Edition: Reissue, 304 pages
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The Salt Eaters von Toni Cade Bambara (1980)

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This disorienting but vivid novel deserves another read before I write this review. The book's non-linear, poetic style is a deliberate (and clever) way to reflect the protagonist's own healing, which itself involves a meandering backtracking in time before she can deal with the present (and future). ( )
  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
God this was good. I had a hard time following it because I read it under less-than-ideal circumstances, but I totally acknowledge that was my fault and not the book's. I'm going to be revisting this one in the future definitely. So much of this was so good--grappling with the hard questions about healing and moving on and community work. The opening line alone is like a punch in the chest, and it just keeps going from there.

I'd love to revisit this in like a group environment, but definitely will be going back at some point just to sift through more of it and see what sticks with me. ( )
  aijmiller | Oct 25, 2019 |
Rating: 3.75* of five

Wonderful prose, not so much on the storytelling.

I haven't changed my mind on that one, either.

The Book Report: Velma is a healer's worst nightmare: a failed suicide depressed by life and Life. Minnie and Old Wife, who is Minnie's spirit guide, work to heal Velma's wounds both inner and outer, in the course of this novel.

And that, mes amis, is it.

My Review: Which is kinda the problem. It makes this gorgeous incantation of a tale into a pretty tough swallow. Interiority can be overdone. Bambara's enraged response to the world of 1980 (when this wa first published) was perfectly justified, as she saw coming the horrors we presently live through in the never subtle, never hidden class warfare counterattack begun after Nixon's crash and burn. Velma is a computer programmer, a telling detail that Bambara clearly wants to remain a detail, who can't cope with the workload...prescient much?...and whose entire world centers around *yawn* an unworthy man *cue 21st-century Serious Lady Lit music* so she loses her inner Old Wife just like Minnie did.

Minnie is a daughter of privilege, a former Bible college attendee, and now a root woman who talks to haints. I love Minnie and Old Wife with a passion! They are the kind of ladies I want to live next door to, so I can go over with a plate of blondies and a bottle of bourbon and talk about Life to them.

But loving them, and loving the loooooooooooooong internal monologues that Minnie and Old Wife share as they work to heal dull little Velma, does not make this book a novel. In French, it would be called a récit: a simple internal narrative, usually in past tense, with one PoV. It's an excellent récit, and a ~meh~ novel.

Recommended for language lovers, Southerners, and white people wondering what the fuss about African American literature is. ( )
1 abstimmen richardderus | Jan 24, 2012 |
this is beautiful. i need to read it again sometime to really grasp everything. ( )
  terese | May 27, 2006 |
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Set in a town somewhere in the South, here is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt who witness an event that will change their lives forever. Some of them are centered, some are off-balance; some are frightened, and some are daring. From the men who live off welfare women to the mud mothers who carry their children in their hides, the novel brilliantly explores the narcissistic aspect of despair and the tremendous responsibility that comes with physical, spiritual, and mental well-being.

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